A high-risk convicted child sex offender is on the loose in Wellington, police said.
Daniel Patrick Livingstone reportedly slipped his ankle bracelet earlier today. Police were called after the tamper alarm on the device was activated. When police got to the property, they found the bracelet but no sign of Livingstone.
Detective Inspector Grant Wormald is leading the investigation. He said that their first priority is to “get the message out that we’re looking for him.”
“When he was placed, how he was placed, by whom…when he took off, and exactly what minute of the day and everything else – those facts will come out in due course … I just don’t have them at the finger tips because of the very acute nature of him taking off,” he added.
Stuff reported that Livingstone had been living in Upper Hutt since June this year. He was convicted in 2006, when he was 19, for abducting and raping a 10-year-old girl in Whangarei.
He pleaded guilty to rape, abduction, and threatening to kill charges, and was jailed for eight years.
He was released from prison in 2014, and was subjected to an extended supervision order.
In a press release, police describe Livingstone as a Maori of medium build, and 175cm tall.
“It is possible he is in possession of a suitcase or suitcases that are described as being a medium sized dark blue suitcase with a hard shell or a large maroon suitcase. Police understand he does not have access to a vehicle,” the report added.
Police believe that Livingstone poses a risk to the public and to himself.
Anyone who can provide police with information can call 111.